Injury Not a Concern For Caris LeVert

Michigan junior Caris LeVert says his hand is fine despite it being taped up in Saturday's loss at home to SMU, looking forward to bouncing back Monday with Coppin State in town.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It’s unclear what was more noticeable for Michigan junior Caris LeVert Saturday in Michigan’s 62-51 home loss to SMU.

The fact that LeVert was held to just four-points against the Mustangs or the tape wrapped around his shooting hand throughout the game.

LeVert said it was for his right thumb.

“I jammed it the other day in practice,” LeVert said afterward. “It wasn’t anything major though.”

LeVert finished the loss to SMU 1-for-8 from the field to go with a goose egg on three-point attempts (0-of-5). LeVert also added five assists but turned the ball over five times as well.

Michigan coach John Beilein was asked about LeVert’s psyche offensively right now, the Wolverines looking for answers.

“His body is, at 200-pounds, is going against some big guys in there as well,” Beilein said. “Sometimes if he doesn’t feel he has leverage or can’t get the ball in there he’s going to kick it back out. Then there’s times he’s got to finish either through contact or around contact by using his speed.

“But no, he’s ok. He’s playing a lot of minutes, and he’s a guy that in practice does not take turns off so we got to look at that maybe. Our practices are so hard, he competes so hard, how can we get him a little bit more rest cause it’s obvious we need him on the floor in games.”

The positive news for Michigan and LeVert is that they don’t have much time to think about Saturday’s latest loss, the Wolverines fourth straight.

Michigan gets right back to work Monday in their last non-conference test of the year against Coppin State at Crisler Center. Tip-off set for 8 p.m.

“I think it’s a good thing,” LeVert said. “Any chance we can get to go out there I think is a good opportunity for us to turn it around.”

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